Since being at school I have wanted to own an Aston Martin. The closest I had come - until earlier this year - was a 1998 Jaguar XK8 Coupe that I bought in 2001. Every time my wife and I passed the Stratton Motor Company on the Ipswich Road, we used to pull over and press our noses to the glass. In January, when we did so, we saw the beautiful car in the pictures below. My wife’s nearly instant reaction was, ‘We are going to buy that car’. My rejoinder, ‘Don’t be so ridiculous.‘ That said, after a weekend of contemplation on the ’sensible’ use of retirement savings and a return for a test drive, the deal was done. Our Aston is finished in Ultramarine Black, with a Phantom Grey full leather interior. Its blue brake calipers, carbon fibre sports seats, black meshes, black vaned front grill, black tailpipes and carbon fibre front and rear spoilers finish the car off beautifully. No disappointments at all; we absolutely love it!!